SUVA, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Group of 77 on Saturday elected Fiji to chair the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations, the Ministry of Information said in a press release.
"The election took place by acclamation at today's G77 ministerial meeting in New York, following the nomination of Fiji by the Asia-Pacific Group of the United Nations," said the release.
According to the release, Fiji's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has accepted the nomination at the group's ministerial meeting and assured the group that Fiji would spare no effort to fulfill the obligations and functions that come with the burden of chairmanship.
He noted it was matter of pride for the Pacific Island region, that for the first time in the 48 years history of G77, there would be a G77 Chair in 2013 from one of the PSIDS (Pacific Small Island Developing Countries).
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was present at the G77 ministerial meeting and congratulated Minister Kubuabola on Fiji' s election to the 2013 G77 chair.
The G77 provides the means for the developing countries to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, while actively promoting South-South cooperation for development.